The Trojans were selected to win the PAC-12 for the first time since 2012 in a poll of 45 media members. The Trojans received 254 points, including 32 of the 45 first place votes, to win the South. The Oregon Ducks received 264 points, 37 of 45 first place votes, to become the North champions.
Despite the Ducks gaining 10 more votes overall, the Trojans received 21 of 45 votes to win the PAC-12 Championship Game, making them the preseason favorites.
In 2012, the Trojans entered the season #1 overall, however, National Championship hopes quickly faded with an early season loss to Stanford. The Trojans ultimately ended the season on a three game losing streak, culminated in an embarrassing 21-7 loss to Georgia Tech in Hyundai Sun Bowl.
This season seems to have a different feel to it. The Trojans are finally healthy, bringing in their first full recruiting class in four years. Led by Senior QB Cody Kessler, the Trojans promise to have one of the best offenses in the country. The loss of both Nelson Agholor and Leonard Williams will be felt, but the Trojans have several players ready to take their game to the next level.
The Trojans enter the season ranked #10 in the pre-season AP Poll. Only 32 days until kickoff against Arkansas State.